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Old 02-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Is it safe to buy guns online? Places like Buds Gun Shop I know have great prices but for some reason buying a gun online makes me leary. What is the exact process like and is it a normal thing to do?

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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I buy through buds all the time. You order and give them your FFL dealer and they ship to them and usually pay a small fee at your FFL plus tax and its the normal purchase process through the FFL

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Make sure your local ffl will do the transfer first. You may want to ask them what they will charge you for it also.

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Unless you have a collector's FFL (or are a dealer yourself) you will need a dealer to receive whatever gun you buy. Go to the gunbroker.com website, and use the "find a ffl" feature on their home page.

You enter your zip, and dealers that have registered as being willing to recieve a gun (and what they charge) are listed there.

I have purchased from several wholesalers, no problems- BUT- understand what you are buying. A 50 year old used gun is not going to look like a new gun.

Buying thru gunbroker, gunauction, gunsamerica? Look at the FEEDBACK of the seller. Look at the photos, READ the description. If the seller has 50 positive feedbacks, and no negative, then you should be able to expect a good transaction.

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Ok what about background checks? Who do I do that with and when/where does it happen? Also, does the dealer ship the gun to me when it's all ready or do I go pick it up?

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Ok what about background checks? Who do I do that with and when/where does it happen? Also, does the dealer ship the gun to me when it's all ready or do I go pick it up?
The dealer will do the background check with NICS or at the state level if required once you fill out the 4473. The transaction has to occur face to face so you would have to go pick it up.
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Ok what about background checks? Who do I do that with and when/where does it happen? Also, does the dealer ship the gun to me when it's all ready or do I go pick it up?
That will happen where you have the firearm shipped to. I've bought from Buds and had no issue what so ever. My FFL is on Bud's preferred FFL list. It auto loaded all the info for me. Good luck.
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You will have to fill out a 4473 and present any paperwork required by your home state to purchase the gun you desire at the time you pick it up. The FFL will do a background check when you pick up the gun. In the event the gun is damaged or not the model you paid for you have the right to refuse the gun. I have my guns shipped to my gunsmith. He sees things I might over look. Yes, I pay more and sometimes it takes a couple days for the gunsmith to examine the gun, but sometimes you have to pay and wait for great service.

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Buds also has the FFL by zip code look up, anytime I'm in the market for another firearm I always check Buds and 9 times out of 10 they are the cheapest and they have Great service, I might see a gun somewhere for sale and before I buy I check the 3 places already mentioned Gunbroker, gunsamerica and Buds and everytime one of the 3 have the best price, now I'm just talking about NIB guns my LGS often have better prices on USED guns.

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